This product feeds both the scientific mind as well as the creative side. It can also capture digital stills and videos of specimens. A poorer animated gif with artefacts is here , kbytes. Noise filtering and downsizing with sharpening gives a usable image to appreciate the organisation of scales on a wing. Typical selling prices for the QX5 in Nov. Dec 11, 18

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The QX3 comes with the following: This product line continues under the Digital Blue name, well know for their innovation. Additionally, the focusing knob is made of cheap plastic and does not function as well as some would like. For instance, external lights and filters can allow for some dark field and polarized microscopy; modifying the condenser system can also enhance images. Above right, original capture image after using ‘insect eye’ effect.

Fun with a QX5 digital microscope, the upgraded QX3. A personal review.

The accessories are similar to those supplied with the QX3. The company has two microscopes, the QX3 which is now discontinued, followed by the QX5 ; both affordable models are computerized with a diverse number of functions.

A great way of introducing the youngster to the world at the microscopic scale and digital imaging. It can be used on the stand digial removed for some hand-held exploration.


Not only will children be able to explore the world of microscopy, they will be able to capture and manipulate images and video.

The QX5 lets users view and manipulate images with their computer, offering hours of fascinating fun for both kids and adults.

Digital Blue QX5 – microscope

Purchasable as a book or the first edition 36 pages can be freely downloaded in pdf format. Designed to introduce children to the world of microscopy, the Digital Blue Microscope melds learning with fun. Image capture menu, sigital software resizes the computer screen to x during use. The limitations of using an offset LED and coarse diffuser is especially apparent at x mag.

The Digital Blue Microscope: Intriguing Fun with the QX5

Fields of view of the three lenses downsampled VGA masters, no cropping. I have windows Some barrel distortion but a good image.

Stamp detail at 10x, 60x and x. Perhaps you’ve heard of the popular Intel Play QX3 microscope? Scientific understanding changes over time. The implementation of the top and bottom lighting seems identical to that in the QX3. Progress is shown on the screen.


This model has magnifications of 10x, 60x and x and comes with the following accessories: The stated upgrades are: The field of view of the QX5 0. Buttons for top or bottom light, time lapse 1 sec to 1 hourstill or movie capture are shown.

Fun with a QX5 digital microscope. The author preferred to lay a 1 cm square of Polaroid sheet immediately on top of and below the subject. At 60x and x d. Their FTP site is broken here. Gently inserting one and then two thicknesses of stiff plastic card prised them apart but the stage plastic is brittle so requires caution.


The downside to the QX5 is that is it not a powerful microscope. Trial at improving the QX5 bottom lighting: The Digital Blue QX5 microscope was the result. Out of the box: Various subjectsmixed lighting using light box, post image noise reduction before downsampling and tonal adjustments.